This story is a few months old now, but it is worth revisiting now in the midst of the 2016 presidential election circus, for it says something about the way many people in the States have been taught to view the artificial construct called America.
“We call our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters,” states Resolution 7, passed today by an overwhelming majority of messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). [Baptist Press has the details.]
“It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just did,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In a statement, Moore noted:
The Southern Baptist Convention made history today and made history in the right way. This denomination was founded by people who wrongly defended the sin of human slavery. Today, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination voted to repudiate the Confederate battle flag and it’s time and well past time.
The Confederate flag is a symbol of horrific injustices against our African American brothers and sisters in Christ and has been used as a threat of terrorism against them. Today Southern Baptists affirmed that we are more committed to the gospel than we are to a flag and more committed to the future than we are to the past.
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Source: Sarah Zylstra, http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/june/southern-baptists-racial-reconciliation-sbc-civilitas-pca.html, opened 4 Oct. 2016
It is true that for the five years of the Confederacy’s life, a mild form of human slavery existed there. It is also true that some have misused the Flag of Northern Virginia to try to frighten black folks.
But something is missing here in Pres Moore’s statements and in those of the others who agree with him. And that is a sense of the broader historical picture.
Was the South guilty of some wrongs to the African slaves? Yes. Education for them was greatly restricted; families were sometimes broken up; and so on. But it was not the terrible incarnation of absolute evil that it is often portrayed as. But that point has been made before, here and elsewhere.
What is nearly beyond understanding is the way people like Pres Moore and others denigrate Confederate symbols but show the deepest sort of reverence for those of the American sort. Consider just some of the evils done while the ‘sacred’ American flag looked on:
-Native Americans have been killed, uprooted, and forced to live in concentration camps called reservations. Their harsh treatment continues to this day:
-Civilian Southerners, black and white, were starved, raped, plundered, and murdered during the War and Reconstruction. Many of their churches and homes were wrecked as well.
-The natives of the Philippines were brutalized by American forces during the Spanish-American War.
-Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood to abort the African population (and backwoods whites) out of existence in the States.
-The federal government conducted experiments on blacks without their knowledge (infecting them with syphilis, to name one).
-Civilians were continually bombed in Germany and Japan during WWII.
-The American army is the only one in the world to use nuclear weapons on people.
-‘Regime change’ has been used routinely by the American federal government to install political rulers loyal to it since the time of the Cold War, whether in Central and South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, etc., regardless of what was best for the native peoples of those countries.
-American intelligence agencies used ‘terrorism’ (to use Pres Moore’s word) in NATO countries during the Cold War to influence political decisions within them in ways favorable to America (Operation Gladdio).
-Hundreds of thousands have been killed in Iraq alone during the ‘War on Terror’.
-America now funds the Islamic State while claiming they are at war with them,
which, together with the rest of the War on Terror and Arab Spring, has led to the suffering and slaughter of Christians across North Africa and the Middle East.
We will stop here, but more could be added.
Now, considering the charges one could bring against the South and those that could be brought against America, one must ask: Where is the repentant chest-beating, the self-flogging, the sentimental, teary-eyed moralizing of people like Pres Moore in their quest for a removal of the American flag and other American symbols?
It isn’t there.
And there is a reason it isn’t there. They have confused the American nation with Christ’s Church, believing it to be The Messiah Nation, which was to come into the world to utter the final great words to mankind that would allow it to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. The South, being rooted in tradition rather than the idea of Progress, threatened this project, and so, then and now, she and her history and symbols must be lied about or stripped from memory, by force if necessary.
Election Day 2016 looms ever nearer, and too many Americans of all regions and States, Dixie included, are eager to participate in their ultimate national religious ritual, voting for President. They think they are doing the Lord’s work in maintaining a worldwide American Empire, but they will be surprised one day to find that the spirit of Antichrist was at work in their enterprise.
If Americans want to bewail a national sin, their false Christian empire of abstract liberty, equality, and scientific progress, often forced on people who don’t want it, which destroys extended families, hierarchies, stable economies, and other good customs wherever it spreads, is one they should seriously consider, not the display of the flag of a Christian people (Christ-haunted, at least) with a Christian symbol on it.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the South!
Anathema to the Union!